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Sunsphere Tower

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Address: 810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811
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+1 865-251-6861

300 foot tower built for the 1982 World's Fair.

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Free Reminder of World's Fair

Knoxville is a beautiful city and the park is great too. It's free to ride to the observation deck and get a great view of the river and the city. Parking is expensive downtown... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pineville, Missouri
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I used to think the sunsphere was the coolest thing in all of Knoxville. But that was during the time that I had never traveled. Now that I have traveled quite extensively and seeing that other much larger cities also have sons fears, and some much larger than the one in Knoxville, it doesn't seem as special to me. I... More 

Thank ChrissyAdventures
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great views of the city, and it offers lots of history on the World's Fair of 1982. It also takes you by elevator so no need to climb the steps. It is very clean, and it is free!

Thank brads532
Pineville, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Knoxville is a beautiful city and the park is great too. It's free to ride to the observation deck and get a great view of the river and the city. Parking is expensive downtown, but its a quick walk to enjoy one of our country's Worlds Fair towers.

Thank recorder
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Sunsphere is free and easy attraction to visit. It over looks World's Fair Park where a festival is going on most Saturday's of the Summer. Walk around both and learn a little bit about Knoxville.

Thank Keri T
Kershaw, South Carolina
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017

This attraction is directly tied to the World's Fair held in Knoxville in 1982 . Its not that tall but it offers a good 360 degree view of the city . The observation deck is on the 4th floor and there is an elevator . You do not have to climb the stairs . All around the walls are plaques... More 

Thank Cindy K
Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

The Sunsphere is a landmark left from Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair. It is visible from much of the downtown part of I-40 and the environs. There is a restaurant in the building, as well as an observation deck. The latter provides a nice way for visitors to get their bearings, in my view. It is an interesting and iconic part... More 

Thank Heminway
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The World's Fair Park was rather deserted around 5 on an early spring afternoon so I wasn't even sure if the Sunsphere was open. Once we rode the elevator to the top, we enjoyed the view but I don't think I'd be comfortable going alone given the lack of other people around.

Thank TravelingMamaGlv
Manchester, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Although the tower is not as tall as the one in San Antonio, the views were really good. And it is free! Really like the walking bridge that goes over the road. It is a neat place to see and visit!

Thank Bronie_1997
Riceville, Tennessee
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

My husband & I celebrated Valentine's Day over dinner at Primo Ristorante Italiano in the Sunsphere. It was romantic & delicious, highly recommend!

Thank JennaMose
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

It was pretty cool can see the mountains way out and learn history of Knoxville the kiddos enjoyed it

Thank Carrie H

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